Sharing our legacy

Sharing our legacy One Christmas in a moment of inspiration, Steve and I decided that the legacy we really wanted to leave to our kids could summed up in a few phrases. With that in mind, our gift to them that year was a piece of calligraphy with those nuggets of wisdom. I’m pretty sure […]

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Searching for answers

We’re always searching for answers. When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens wouldn’t work in zero gravity. NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below […]

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High-flying geese and the church

Way back then, he looked so, so, so old. He waddled to the pulpit and all my fears of what seminary would be like were instantly intensified. But, this first chapel experience at Wartburg Theological Seminary would turn out to be one I would never forget. His voice cracked and his speech was extremely slow, […]

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Waiting vs. I-want-it-now

Waiting. Have you heard of the American prayer? “Lord, give me patience, and I want it right now.” We want things easy. And we want them now. That reminds me of a story. Little Johnnie desperately wanted a bright red wagon for Christmas. His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, but Johnnie decided to […]

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King or servant?

NBA star Labron James calls himself “King” James and he calls his wife “the princess.” One of his opponents shot back, “we have a king,” implying, “it’s not you!” Do we in some ways call ourselves king or servant? Are we tempted (even if it means stepping on, somebody else, now and then) to think […]

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John, the baptizer, calls us to repent

Repent Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear somebody shouting “repent,” what I really hear is, “Stop being bad, and start being good — turn or burn.” We’ve heard it all before. It’s the same old, same old. We screw up, make a mess of things — we’re punished. We say we’re sorry, and, […]

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The stories we tell

We love to tell the stories… In short there’s simply not A more congenial spot For happ’ly ever-aftering Than here in Camelot. Camelot The story is based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Two themes are woven through it: Arthur’s dream of a peaceful world where “might serves […]

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It’s all a matter of perspective!

A man is talking to God “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.” “God, how much is a million dollars to you?” asked the man “To me, it’s about a penny.” God replied. “God, may I have a penny?” said the man “Just wait one […]

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Homecoming of all the saints

In just a very few years after Jesus was crucified, Christianity spread all over Europe, and to parts of Asia. These new believers were recognized as a potentially-powerful political force. This made the Emperor nervous. He ordered a “Pledge of Allegiance” from everybody. They were required to worship the emperor above all else. Not to […]

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